Chrome log events

Security investigation tool
Supported editions for the Chrome log events data source in the investigation tool:
Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, Cloud Identity Premium, Enterprise Standard, Education Standard

As your organization's administrator, you can use the security and investigation tool to run searches related to Chrome log events, and take action based on search results. From the investigation tool, you can view a record of actions to track events related to managed Chrome browsers and ChromeOS devices. For example, you can see when there has been an unsafe site visit.

Before you begin

To see all Chrome events:

Your access to the security investigation tool

  • Supported editions for the security investigation tool include Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, Education Plus, and Enterprise Essentials Plus.
  • Admins with Cloud Identity Premium, Frontline Standard, Enterprise Standard, and Education Standard can also use the investigation tool for a subset of data sources.
  • Your ability to run a search in the investigation tool depends on your Google edition, your administrative privileges, and the data source. If you're unable to run a search in the investigation tool for a specific data source, you can use the audit and investigation page instead.
    Note: You can run a search in the investigation tool on all users, regardless of the Google edition they have.

Run a search for Chrome log events

To run a search in the investigation tool, first choose a data source. You then need to choose one or more conditions for your search. For each condition, choose an attribute, an operator, and a value

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. On the left of the Admin console Home page, click Securityand thenSecurity centerand thenInvestigation tool.
  3. Click Data source and select Chrome log events.
  4. Click Add Condition.
    Tip: You can include one or more conditions in your search or customize your search with nested queries. For details, go to Customize your search with nested queries.
  5. Click Attributeand thenselect an option.
    For a complete list of attributes, go to the Attribute descriptions section below.
  6. Click Containsand thenselect an operator.
  7. Enter a value, or select a value from the drop-down list.
  8. (Optional) To add more search conditions, repeat steps 4–7.
  9. Click Search.
    Search results in the investigation tool are displayed in a table at the bottom of the page.
  10. (Optional) To save your investigation, click Save""and thenenter a title and descriptionand thenclick Save.


  • In the Condition builder tab, filters are represented as conditions with AND/OR operators. You can also use the Filter tab to include simple parameter and value pairs to filter the search results.
  • If you gave a user a new name, you will not see query results with the user's old name. For example, if you rename to, you will not see results for events related to

Attribute descriptions

For this data source, you can use the following attributes when searching log event data:

Attribute Description
Actor group name

Group name of the actor. For more information, see Filtering results by Google Group.

To add a group to your filtering groups allowlist:

  1. Select Actor group name.
  2. Click Filtering groups.
    The Filtering groups page displays.
  3. Click Add Groups.
  4. Search for a group by entering the first few characters of its name or email address. When you see the group you want, select it.
  5. (Optional) To add another group, search for and select the group.
  6. When you finish selecting groups, click Add.
  7. (Optional) To remove a group, click Remove group "".
  8. Click Save.
Actor organizational unit Organizational unit of the actor
Application name Name of the extension from the Chrome Web Store
Browser version Number assigned to the version of Chrome browser, such as 69.0.3497.23
Client type
Content hash The SHA256 hash of the content
Content name The name of the content downloaded, such as a filename
Content size The size of the downloaded content, in bytes
Content type The media (MIME) type of content downloaded, such as text/html
Date Date and time of the event (displayed in your browser's default time zone)
Device name The name of the device
Device platform The OS that the browser is running
Device user The user's name as reported by the OS
Directory API ID Device ID returned by the directory API
Domain The domain where the action occurred
Event The logged event action, such as Content unscanned, Unsafe site visit, or Password reuse
Event reason Details about the action, such as File is password protected
Event result The result of the event based on the policies and rules set. Can be one of the following: Bypassed, Blocked, Warned, Allowed, or Detected.
Profile user The Chrome browser profile username
Scan ID Scan ID of the content analysis scan that triggered the event
Trigger type The user action that triggered the event, such as Unknown, Page printedFile upload, File download, or Web content upload
Trigger user The username relating to the event:
  • Password reuse—The username that the password belongs to
  • Password reset—The username that the password is reset for
URL The URL that generated the event
URL category The content category of the URL that generated the event
User agent The user agent string of the browser used to access the content. For example, Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_14_6) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/84.0.4140.0 Safari/537.36.
Virtual device ID The ID of the device. The value is platform-specific.

Filter Chrome data by threat or data protection events

Chrome data protection events are available only for customers who have purchased BeyondCorp Enterprise. For more information about BeyondCorp and how to set it up, go to Protect Chrome users with BeyondCorp Threat and Data Protection.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. On the left of the Admin console Home page, click Securityand thenSecurity centerand thenInvestigation tool.
  3. Click Data sourceand thenselect Chrome log events.
  4. Click Add Condition.
  5. Click Attributeand thenselect Event.
  6. Click Containsand thenselect an operator.
  7. Select one of the values described in the tables below.
  8. Click Search.
    Search results in the investigation tool are displayed in a table at the bottom of the page.

Chrome Threat event descriptions

Event value Description
Malware transfer The content uploaded or downloaded by the user is considered to be malicious, dangerous, or unwanted.
Password changed

The user resets their password for the first-signed-in user account.

Password reuse The user has entered a password into a URL that’s outside of the list of allowed enterprise login URLs.
Unsafe site visit The URL visited by the user is considered to be deceptive or malicious.

Chrome Data Protection event descriptions

Event value Description
Content transfer Content was uploaded, downloaded, or printed from Chrome and sent for Malware or Sensitive data scanning
Content unscanned There are multiple reasons why a file is unscanned, including:
  • File is password protected
  • File is too large
  • DLP scan was unsuccessful
  • Malware scan was unsuccessful
  • Malware scan unsupported file type
  • Service unavailable
Sensitive data transfer The content uploaded, downloaded, printed, or pasted by the user is considered to contain sensitive data, as detected by the Data Protection rules.
URL Filtering The URL or URL category accessed by the user is considered to be unsafe or not compliant with organizational policies, as detected by the Data Protection rules.
Important: Content upload attempts, not completed uploads, are logged for Chrome Data Protection events. Uploads might not be successful due to server failures, network errors, user cancellation of the upload, or websites that don’t support file or folder uploads.

Take action based on search results

After you run a search in the investigation tool, you can act on your search results. For example, you can run a search based on Gmail log events, and then use the investigation tool to delete specific messages, send messages to quarantine, or send messages to users' inboxes. For more details about actions in the investigation tool, go to Take action based on search results.

Create activity rules & set up alerts

To help prevent, detect, and remediate security issues efficiently, you can automate actions in the investigation tool and set up alerts by creating activity rules. To set up a rule, set up conditions for the rule, and then specify what actions to perform when the conditions are met. For details and instructions, go to Create and manage activity rules.

Manage your investigations

View your list of investigations

To view a list of the investigations that you own and that were shared with you, click View investigations"". The investigation list includes the names, descriptions, and owners of the investigations, and the date last modified. 

From this list, you can take action on any investigations that you own—for example, to delete an investigation. Check the box for an investigation, and then click Actions.

Note: Directly above your list of investigations, under Quick access, you can view recently saved investigations.

Configure settings for your investigations

As a super administrator, click Settings"" to :

  • Change the time zone for your investigations. The time zone applies to search conditions and results.
  • Turn on or off Require reviewer. For more details, go to Require reviewers for bulk actions.
  • Turn on or off View content. This setting allows admins with the appropriate privileges to view content.
  • Turn on or off Enable action justification.

For instructions and details, go to Configure settings for your investigations.

Manage columns in your search results

You can control which data columns appear in your search results. 

  1. At the top-right of the search results table, click Manage columns"".
  2. (Optional) To remove current columns, click Remove item"".
  3. (Optional) To add columns, next to Add new column, click the Down arrow""and select the data column.
    Repeat as needed.
  4. (Optional) To change the order of the columns, drag the column name.
  5. Click Save.
Export data from search results

You can export search results in the investigation tool to Google Sheets or to a CSV file. For instructions, see Export search results.

Share, delete, and duplicate investigations

To save your search criteria or share it with others, you can create and save an investigation, and then share, duplicate, or delete it.

For details, go to Save, share, delete, and duplicate investigations.

When and how long is data available?

For more information about data sources, go to Data retention and lag times.


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